• Taurus Montgomery, pastor, teacher and motivational speaker, will be speaking at the 11 a.m. worship service Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Utica International Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1134 Herkimer Road. Montgomery is the pastor of Pioneer’s Benton Harbor Outreach, Harbor of Hope in Benton, Michigan. As a teenager, however, he was trapped in a life of crime, fast money and drug abuse. Having triumphed over the adversities of growing up in the ‘hood, he is now a motivational speaker, having visited more than 20 states, been welcomed at more than 50 schools and has traveled internationally. He has travelled the world sharing the inspirational story of his life as detailed in his autobiography, "Set On Fire." The worship service include soprano Anita Firman, a brass quartet and timpani, organ music, and a professional choir under the direction of Randy Davis.

• Nocturnal Adoration prayers will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Seton Chapel at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St., Utica. Nocturnal Adoration society meets on the last Saturday night of the month with prayers and Eucharistic Adoration in the response to Jesus request to spend an hour with him.

• St. Joseph and St. Patrick Church, at 702 Columbia St., Utica will celebrate the Seventh Anniversary of Saint Marianne’s Canonization on Sunday, Oct. 20. The celebration begins with a Prayer Service at 10 a.m. at the Home Garden Shrine on Schuyler Street with a procession to the church with a statue of Saint Marianne led by La Banda Rossa. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is at 10:30 a.m. followed by food, fellowship, and entertainment "under-the-tent" on the church grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Novena to Saint Marianne Cope is from Oct. 12, through Oct. 20; information is available online at www.saintmariannecope.org, click on "Support," then "Prayer and Novena." Novena booklets will be available at the Mother Marianne Book Shoppe at the church before and after all weekend Masses.

• Sacred Heart and St. Mary Our Lady of Czestochowa at 201 Main St., New York Mills, is offering 40 Hours Devotion, an opportunity to gather as a community before the Blessed Sacrament and to pray before the Lord in solemn adoration. The schedule is as follows: Sunday, Oct. 20, Mass at 4 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 21: Exposition at noon, healing Mass at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 22, Exposition at noon, Mass will procession at 6:30 p.m.

• Stone Presbyterian Church on the Village Green in Clinton, welcomes guest preacher G. Roberts Kolb to the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 20.

• Holy Trinity Church, at 1206 Lincoln Ave., Utica, is hosting a bus trip Monday, Oct. 28, to Destiny USA in Syracuse to see the movie of St. Faustina titled "Faustina: Love and Mercy." This is a one-day only national showing in select theatres. The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. from the church and arrive at Destiny USA at 4:30 p.m. to enjoy time on your own. The movie showing is at 7 p.m. The bus will return to Holy Trinity at 10 p.m. The cost is $44 per person and includes transportation and movie ticket. To make a reservation, call the Rev. John Mikalajunas at 315-724-7238.

• Grace Episcopal Church at 193 Genesee St., Utica, offers services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. St. Margaret's Food Pantry at Grace Church is asking for monetary and food donations to supply 40 thanksgiving dinners to 40 qualified guests in its district. Donations must be delivered by Thursday, Nov. 21. Monetary donations will be used for purchasing the frozen turkey roasts and additional fixings to supplement the food donations.

• First Presbyterian Church, 1605 Genesee St., Utica, welcomes all to its "something different" worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, with the First Church Band playing and a special violin solo by Rosee Head. The church’s Seeds of Hope Food Pantry is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Its Clothes Closet is open from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays and receives clothing donations from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

• As part of the Second Annual Augusta Old Home Days, Augusta Presbyterian Church at 2345 state Route 26, Oriskany Falls, will feature a special Old Home Days service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, featuring Bluegrass with Pat Potter, Jim Roberts and Jay Williams. Sunday school is at 10 a.m.

• First Presbyterian Church of Holland Patent at 7835 Church St. offers worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Child Care is provided during the service. The church’s finance committee will meet following worship.

• New Hartford Presbyterian Church, at 45 Genesee St., offers worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Sunday School for children and adults will begin at 9:30 a.m. Child care will be available. An offering to support the congregation's work at Hope House in Utica will be received. Members of the Session will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. The Sew'n Sews group will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, followed by the Church at Prayer at 11 a.m.

• The Community at Sunset Wood, 118 Genesee St., New Hartford, invites you, your family and friends to attend its Community Communion Service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Community Room. Enjoy a sermon, Scripture and music from the Sunset Voices. This service will include Holy Communion where all are invited to partake.

• St. Joseph and St. Patrick's Church is hosting its St. Jude Novena Triduum from Monday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Parish Center, 702 Columbia St., Utica. Novena prayers will take place at 9 a.m. and noon with Holy Mass at 5:30 p.m. each day.

• Hope Christian Fellowship, at 119 S. Peterboro St., in Canastota, offers a midweek Bible study series featuring Rev. Chip Ingram titled "Breakthrough: Unleashing God’s Power into Impossible Situations." Midweek services are 6 p.m. every Wednesday until the end of the year.  Participants will discover how to take the first steps toward spiritual breakthrough and how to unleash God’s supernatural power in all kinds of situations and relationships. Each session begins with a prayer followed by a brief video presentation and a guided discussion.  Should a session be missed, a free online code is provided so participants don’t miss a session.  For information, call 315-463-9737 or email tgb1953@aol.com.